The third in a series of public meetings regarding Indiana County’s housing needs is scheduled today. There are two sessions, one at 2 PM and the other at 7 PM at the Indiana County Department of Human Services office at 300 Indian Springs Road.
The consulting firm Mullin & Lonergan Associates will conduct the sessions, answering questions and gathering suggestions.
At the first meeting in October, discussion included the affordability of homes in Indiana County, differing housing issues for different geographic areas, resources that are available in rural areas versus more developed areas, and the effects of Marcellus Shale development and of higher education on the housing market. At the second meeting last month, the conversation expanded to how townships and boroughs would be classified so that areas of similar need would receive similar aid.
The information from today’s meeting will be used to develop recommendations and a ten-year strategic action plan that will guide decision-makers on housing-related issues. That report should be ready by next month.
The $50,000 study is being funded by the county, the Indiana County Housing Consortium, and the United Way of Indiana County.